Alaafin of Oyo declares self head of Obas, makes some revelations
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, has made it known that he is the head of all traditional rulers in the Yoruba region.
Adeyemi while making revelation about his personal security, disclosed that his aides stay vigilant at all times, and that he is usually notified when a traitor is around.
The renowned traditional ruler spoke at his palace when a historian and publisher of Yoruba Tooto newspaper, Kunle Babarinde, visited.
According to the Alaafin: “It is widely acknowledged that this palace is very unique in upholding our culture. When you see my drummers drumming, their drumming are always pregnant of meanings.
“If a traitor or a bad person visits me, the drummers would use their talking drum to notify and warn me. The person wouldn’t know what they are using their drum to say but I would know. That’s Yoruba culture for you.”
He further vowed to ensure that the cultural values and identity of the ethnic group are preserved.
“As the leader of all Obas in Yoruba land, I will put more efforts in promoting the language, culture and tradition. It is a pity that they are going into extinction. If you have been observing me, you would notice I don’t joke with our mode of dressing, greetings and language.
“To say we are not united is an understatement and this is so because of the divisive politics our people have been playing without remembering that we are brothers and sisters as a Yoruba”, he decried.
Already as a result of Alaafin’s declaration, Yoruba sons and daughters, home and abroad, are sharply divided as to the actual leader of Obas. The Alaafin and Ooni of Ife are the two title holders whose names and thrones are usually